Will Self-Driving Cars Lead to a Legal Mess?

by Carmen Dellutri on January 29, 2013

Florida motor vehicle accident attorneyFlorida is one of several states that now allow self-driving cars to be tested on its roadways. Although it will likely be several years before these vehicles are available to the general public, it may be time to start thinking about how they will impact driving laws.

As highlighted by a recent Time Magazine article, all of our current laws are based on the premise that there is a human driver behind the wheel. Therefore, we will need to implement new laws or drastically change existing laws to accommodate the new technology.

Below are just a few of the legal questions regarding self-driving cars that will need to be addressed:

  • Who is liable for accidents caused by self-driving cars, the human passenger or the car manufacturer?
  • Who is responsible for traffic violations, such as running a red light or stop sign, if the vehicle was operating autonomously?
  • Will distracted driving laws apply to “drivers” who are no longer required to pay such careful attention to the road?

Unfortunately, the legal system has a history of playing “catch up” when it comes to new technology. If this is the case with driverless cars, it could lead to a lot of legal uncertainty.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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